Hymn Notes

Weekly Hymn Notes

Learn about the origin of  hymns, lyrics, and melodies, and other music that will be used during Sunday worship service. Contact Don De Bruin, Director of Music Ministries for more information at 608.233.9751.

Hymn Notes for April 28, 2019

From The New Century Hymnal Companion, Copyright 1998, The Pilgrim Press.

#253 Yours Is the Glory, Resurrected One!

Edmond L. Budry (1854-1932) wrote this hymn in French in 1884, and it was published in a Lausanne hymnal the following year.  His inspiration may have been a German Advent poem.  The hymn won fame when sung at the First Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1948.

Edmond L. Budry was born August 30, 1854, and studied theology in Lausanne, Switzerland.  He served as pastor in Cully, France, and then at the Free Church in Vevey, Switzerland.  Budry was a sought-after translator for German, English, and Latin hymns and often adapted and improved upon the original in his resulting French texts.

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composed this melody as part of a chorus in his oratorio Joshua and later transferred it to another, with the same title as this tune, JUDAS MACCABEUS.  The tune has been used as a hymn setting since 1760, when it appeared with another Easter text, “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today.”

George Frideric Handel was born February 23, 1685, in Halle, Germany, the son of a barber-surgeon.  He gave up studying law and took up the violin after his father died.  Handel was considered a musical genius even in his own day.  He died April 14, 1759, and was buried at Westminster Abbey, London.

#526 Sihahamb’ ekukhanyen’ kwenkhos’ (We Are Marching in the Light of God)

This South African freedom song was a reminder that the Christian national government did not monopolize religious faith in the nation.  The people’s “Amandla” (Zulu for “power”) came from the desire for rights and freedoms being expressed by the black majority of the nation.
            

 South African racial strife gave birth to freedom songs for racial equality and justice.  Singing naturally accompanied protest marches as large group of people voiced their commitment to a more just world in Christ’s name.  The hymn is best sung without accompaniment.

 This South African song is named SIYAHAMBA here for the first word of the text.  The melody is in a march tempo, as it was frequently sung by large groups of demonstrators marching or walking to protest the actions of a government that denied them participation.

South African freedom music played a central role in the overthrow of a minority white government.  The New Century Hymnal is the first major denominational hymnal to include this song.  It is best learned as it was learned in South Africa, from a singer who teaches it to others.

Hymns by Title

Hymn Numbersort icon Title Service Date
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise July 3, 2011
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise March 25, 2012
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise July 8, 2012
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise January 27, 2013
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise March 2, 2014
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise August 30, 2015
#1 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise July 22, 2018
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You July 17, 2011
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You February 12, 2012
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You October 6, 2013
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You February 23, 2014
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You August 30, 2015
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You November 2, 2014
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You July 23, 2017
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You November 12, 2017
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You July 1, 2018
#4 Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You April 21, 2019
#6 Sing Praise to God, Our Highest Good April 10, 2011
#6 Sing Praise to God, Our Highest Good September 10, 2017
#8 Praise to the Living God June 24, 2012
#8 Praise to the Living God June 24, 2012
#8 Praise to the Living God August 18, 2013
#8 Praise to the Living God September 13, 2015
#8 Praise to the Living God August 28, 2016
#8 Praise to the Living God February 5, 2017
#8 Praise to the Living God March 4, 2018
#9 We Sing to You, O God October 9, 2016
#9 We Sing to You, O God July 8, 2018
#11 Bring Many Names May 22, 2011
#11 Bring Many Names February 22, 2015
#11 Bring Many Names September 18, 2016
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God September 23, 2012
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God January 13, 2013
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God April 14, 2013
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God June 23, 2013
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God June 15, 2014
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God June 19, 2016
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God February 26, 2017
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God August 19, 2018
#12 I Sing the Mighty Power of God February 27, 2019
#13 O My Soul, Bless Your Creator June 12, 2016
#16 Let Us with a Joyful Mind January 22, 2012
#16 Let Us with a Joyful Mind September 1, 2013
#16 Let Us with a Joyful Mind October 27, 2013
#16 Let Us with a Joyful Mind August 30, 2015
#16 Let Us with a Joyful Mind August 14, 2016
#17 To You, O God, All Creatures Sing August 10, 2014
#18 Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer September 11, 2011
#18 Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer August 7, 2016
#18 Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer September 28, 2014

Hymns by Date

Service Date
April 28, 2019
April 21, 2019
April 18, 2019
April 14, 2019
April 10, 2019
April 7, 2019
April 3, 2019
March 31, 2019
March 27, 2019
March 24, 2019
March 20, 2019
March 17, 2019
March 13, 2019
March 10, 2019
March 6, 2019
February 27, 2019
February 24, 2019
February 17, 2019
February 3, 2019
January 27, 2019
January 20, 2019
January 13, 2019
January 6, 2019
December 30, 2018
December 24, 2018
December 23, 2018
December 16, 2018
December 9, 2018
December 2, 2018
November 25, 2018
November 18, 2018
November 11, 2018
November 4, 2018
October 28, 2018
October 21, 2018
October 14, 2018
October 7, 2018
September 30, 2018
September 23, 2018
September 16, 2018
September 9, 2018
September 2, 2018
August 26, 2018
August 19, 2018
August 12, 2018
August 5, 2018
July 29, 2018
July 22, 2018
July 15, 2018
July 8, 2018
July 1, 2018
June 24, 2018
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